I always have to rely on my stubbornness for speedwork. It's not something I particularly look forward to and Wednesday it kinda snuck up on me. The plan was to run 8 x 800 intervals. Did I mention I don't love tracks? Or speedwork? Or speedwork on tracks?
something along the lines of "If you don't think you can do it, you won't be able to." (Um... but I can't find the exact phrase again and need a post, so just imagine a really motivational statement.) A positive, can-do attitude goes a long way.
Fast forward to the next morning. Wednesday I woke up feeling groggy. I snoozed for 30 minutes and then dragged myself out of bed. (I never snooze.) Once up, I started drinking my usual cup of Joe and made some oatmeal. Then I peeked at my workout schedule for the day: Speedwork. I knew it was there, but I pretended it wouldn't be. I really didn't want to do speedwork. The first thing I thought was that I could simply push it back to Thursday (always a dangerous move to procrastinate), I then remembered what I'd read.
My solution? I lied to myself. Big, fat, positive, can-do lies. "This'll be fun! It'll go by really quickly and you'll totally end up loving it!" And as a back up, I used two tricks that I find essential for workouts when I'm dragging my feet:
1. Being completely & utterly stubborn
2. Focus on the details. And I mean, lose yourself in the details.
|How many miles left?!?!|
Or while running laps at the track, I focus on the billboard, the other runners... the minutiae can get me through it. Unfortunately, with speedwork you have to be somewhat invested in what you're doing. It's important to pay attention to your form, your splits, etc... But if I focus on running well, and memorize what time I should hit each 200m, then I can distract myself between the 200s and then check my times there.
You gotta do what you gotta do. And let's be honest, it's rare that you regret a workout but we often regret skipping them. Just distract yourself right out the door.
"Stubbornness does have its helpful features. You always know what you're going to be thinking tomorrow."
*Unfortunately, 70.3 ain't gonna happen for me this year. Way too expensive. I just can't afford to buy a bike let alone pay the entrance fees this year. But that doesn't mean I've given up on the idea...